Events in Sport on October 16

  • 1908 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • 1909 Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1909 Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
  • 1912 Boston beats NY Giants, 4 games to 3 with a tie in 9th World Series
  • 1916 Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson given $5,000 bonus
  • 1921 Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, & Bill Piercy defy Landis ban on World Series
  • 1921 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Lou Gehrig, is voted AL MVP by BBWAA

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1942 National Boxing Association freezes titles of those serving in armed services
  • 1949 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Red Byron wins
  • 1962 Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • 1962 NY Yankees appear in 12 & win 9 of last 14 World Series
  • 1964 US men's 4 × 100m medley relay team of Thompson Mann, Bill Craig, Fred Schmidt & Steve Clark swim world record 3:58.4 to beat Germany by 3.2s and win gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 In an incredibly close women's 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics American sprinter Wyomia Tyus runs 11.4s to beat team mate Edith McGuire by 0.2s; Ewa Kłobukowska of Poland takes bronze with the same time as McGuire
  • 1964 American swimmer Sharon Strouder sets world record 1:04.7 to beat Ada Kok of the Netherlands by 0.9s and win the women's 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics

Sports AwardsBlack Power Salute

1968 Americans Tommie Smith (gold 19.83 WR) and John Carlos (bronze) famously give the Black Power salute on the 200m medal podium during the Mexico City Olympics
More >>


  • 1968 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
  • 1968 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • 1968 American Bob Seagren, Claus Schiprowski of West Germany and East German Wolfgang Nordwig all record 5.40m in the final of the pole vault at the Mexico City Olympics; Seagren awarded gold on countback
  • 1969 T Agee & Ed Kranepool HR, Tommie Agee makes 2 great catches, New York Mets win Baseball World Series 4-1
  • 1969 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
  • 1969 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series
  • 1976 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 25th Ryder Cup Golf, PGA National GC: US wins 14½-13½; Bernard Gallacher's missed 3-foot putt for bogey gives Tom Watson 2 & 1 win and the US winning point

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 1983 Balt Orioles beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 3 in 80th World Series
  • 1985 KC Royals & St Louis Cardinals win their league championships
  • 1985 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2
  • 1985 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 3

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1987 Mike Tyson TKOs Tyrell Biggs in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Orel Hirsheiser, 1st to pitch shutout in playoff & World Series
  • 1990 Reds Eric Davis is 22nd player to homer in his 1st World Series at bat
  • 1991 Dallas Mavericks Roy Tarpley becomes 7th to be banned from NBA for life under the league's anti-drug agreement
  • 2000 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • 2003 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Lionel Messi, aged 17, makes his league debut for Barcelona against Espanyol

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Renault driver Fernando Alonso wins season-ending Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit; first Spanish World Formula 1 Drivers champion; wins by 21 points from Kimi Räikkönen

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • 2005 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1
  • 2011 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • 2014 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • 2016 Ed Whitlock at 85 becomes oldest person to complete a marathon under 4 hours, at Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes